Our Stories

#BlueStarStory: Employment Success with Networks Live!

Meet Mary Beth, a Blue Star Spouse and her Blue Star Family. We have been all over the U.S. in the past 13 years as an active duty military family. I worked at some duty stations depending on my family’s needs at the time. While stationed in Washington State, I had secured a federal position…

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#BlueStarStory: Overcoming Isolation

Meet Alicia, a Blue Star Spouse and her Blue Star Family. “I have been married for 10 years to my husband, who is an active duty Marine with 21 years of service. We have been stationed in isolated areas to include North Dakota and Okinawa, Japan, where I have found it challenging to start a…

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#BlueStarStory: A Caregiver Running On Autopilot

Meet Mary, a Blue Star Caregiver and her Blue Star Family “I become a caregiver after my husband sustained back injuries during his deployment in Iraq while serving as a medic. Due to his injuries, he needed assistance with walking and getting in and out of bed, which required full-time care. I quit my job…

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#BlueStarStory: Caregiving – No Judgement

Meet Savannah, a Blue Star Caregiver and her Blue Star Family. I wasn’t sure how to handle my new role as a caregiver. I felt like I was thrown into another world.  A world of the unknown, that was scary and filled with anxiety, pressure, and stress. I became overwhelmed and felt like I was…

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Salute to Distinction Award Winner: Amse Heck

The Blue Star Families Salute to Distinction Award Program recognizes outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to military families and further the Blue Star Families mission within their respective communities. It is our pleasure to announce the 2017 Salute to Distinction Quarter 3 Award Winner: Amse Heck, Chapter Director, Washington DC. Amse’s nominators repeatedly commented…

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National Caregivers Month: Asking Better Questions

Story by Susan A. Vernick, Etiquette Chics Our country’s veterans are truly at the foundation of the freedom we all enjoy. All veterans are worthy of our thanks every day as we enjoy this precious freedom. But, beyond that, how can we act on those feelings of thankfulness, as a nation? When we interact with…

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#MyDeploymentStory: A Pink Warrior Angel for Breast Cancer

  Story by Julie Moser, Military Spouse, Breast Cancer Survivor & Co-Founder of Pink Warrior Angels DIAGNOSIS: 3 DAYS PRE-DEPLOYMENT October 28, 2013 is a date that I will always remember without needing to think about it, like a birthdate or wedding anniversary.  October 28, 2013 is the day the words “you have cancer” escaped my doctor’s lips. October 28, 2013…

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Salute to Distinction Award Winner: Robin Johnson

Blue Star Families is an organization built on the strength of its volunteer network. These volunteers, who provide vital links to local military communities, give selflessly of their time, talent and resources. The Blue Star Families Salute to Distinction Award Program recognizes our outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to military families and further the…

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The Healing Power of Horses

The Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center Hosts Military Families For A Day Of Health, Wellness, Fun & Togetherness! “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Winston Churchill No truer words have possibly been spoken and, if you choose to argue that point, there are nearly…

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